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Terry Fox

Kunstmuseum Luzern

Terry Fox’s “Linkage” intallation occupies three of this museum’s spaces, two of which are accessible. The third can only be peeped into through a window high in the wall of one of the rooms. Viewers must climb a set of stairs and stick their heads through a small square hole; they see three gray boards leading from the floor to a shelf along the left wall. These act as visual markers, directing the eye toward the objects on the end of each board—the familiar image of three monkeys holding their hands over, respectively, their eyes, ears, and mouth (“see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”); a balanced hammer and sickle with a ten-dollar bill; and a red telephone, or “hot line.” A tape runs an only partially audible text whose pacifist statements, reporting on “arms deals,” “martial law,” and “political ideas,” make it clear that the room is to be understood politically. This sealed room

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